Dear Friends of Vision and ITEN,
Well, summer means fun, and lots of work, with graduations, conferences, and other speaking ministry to keep me and the team very busy. For many churches and ministries, summer is filled with challenges…for us, great opportunities. For example, this summer I have already been to the Association of Christian Education Administration, one group that provides strong accountability and credibility for Vision in the Charismatic community. I presented on Charismatic Curriculum and Discipleship…two of my favorite topics.
Shortly after that, I left out at O Dark 30 for Safford, Arizona to be with Dr. Phil and Winnie Tutor and Dr. Harold Eberle and friends for the New Life City Churches’ annual conference. I could only stay a couple of days, because an even more important event that followed on Tuesday…my granddaughter Daniela advanced from Sixth grade…a can’t miss event!
Then on the following Wednesday, I started a mid-western and Texas swing for another conference with Bill and Geri Stafford, graduation with John and Iris Delgado in Texas, and preaching for Life Springs Church in Liberty Hill, TX…busy time…fruitful ministry. Most recently, I have had the privilege of ministry with the Gurley’s in Laurel, MD, time with the Happle’s in New Jersey, also the Bankole’s in New Jersey, the Murphy’s in Maryland, and then took a swing to Medford, OR with the Schmelzer’s and Yakima, WA with the Eberle’s…speaking at each place, in conferences or pulpit preaching.
Well, summer for me is not a bummer, but it is challenging. As we continue our focus on relocation to larger facilities (some movement is happening, but lots of opposition…we are not pushing, we are trusting), finances are always a challenge. Thus, I want to give special thanks to you for your most generous giving to help us, and please keep us in prayer for the next three months, that we will be able to stay on top of our bills and payroll, while continuing to take the whole word to the whole world.
Just by way of reminder, most of you who receive this newsletter have been generous givers to Vision and ITEN. We are sustained by tuition, fees for books, and other services, (mostly in the Western world). All of our international students receive a significant reduction on tuition, some up to 95%… we are seriously sowing into the nations. But we can’t do it without your help. Most of the books we have translated thus far have been in partnership with our World Zone Leaders. People like Dr. John Delgado have given sacrificially, paid translators, and made our books available in Spanish. Dr. Manon Gurley of The Tabernacle Church is helping with the editing of our French curriculum. More seed sown! And don’t get me started on the seed I’ve sown!
Because, I’m grateful for all of the seed sown. Frankly, we need your continued support to continue the work. We are still 20% underfunded, between now and the end of the year we need an additional $50,000 to be in the black. But “our God will supply all of our need” and “all of your need” as you continue to partner with Vision and ITEN. A summer time gift would be a real blessing.
Students from around the world are waiting for books to study; churches are waiting to be planted by our graduates. There is a harvest ready to be reaped. But harvest always depends on seed sown. I pray that you will sow into Vision today.
Ps. I am off to Oklahoma (Weatherford, Liberty Church) and then Australia for 3 weeks…home August 24…thanks for your continued prayers.
“The Whole Word to the Whole World”